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HOMAGE TO THE PAST

“Good af­ter­noon. Short­land Street Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency Cen­tre,” were the first words spo­ken on the first episode of New Zealand soap

Short­land Street when it pre­miered 25 years ago on May 25, 1992.

To cel­e­brate the show’s sil­ver an­niver­sary and that iconic mo­ment, the soap has brought back Marj Neil­son Brasch, the char­ac­ter who ut­tered the in­au­gu­ral line for the an­niver­sary episodes that will air here in Aus­tralia in late June.

Ac­tress EL­IZ­A­BETH MCRAE, who plays Marj, has re­turned along­side other beloved char­ac­ters Nick and Waver­ley Har­ri­son, and oth­ers, for the 90-minute spe­cial episode that is said to fea­ture a “cat­a­clysmic event”, ac­cord­ing to pro­ducer MAX­INE FLEM­ING.

STREET’S STAR SIGHT­INGS

Pos­si­bly three new ar­rivals are about to de­scend onto the

Corona­tion Street cob­bles. Ru­mours are swirling that the pop­u­lar

ALI­SON KING will reprise her role of Carla Con­nor by year’s end. De­spite brand­ing the sto­ries as “merely spec­u­la­tion” a Corrie spokesper­son re­fused to con­firm or deny the re­ports. Mean­while, former Mrs Brown’s

Boys star SI­MON DE­LANEY is to play a mys­te­ri­ous and cur­rently un­named char­ac­ter in up­com­ing episodes while UK co­me­dian Vic Reeves has signed on for a three­month guest stint play­ing TV pre­sen­ter Colin who be­comes em­broiled in the lives of the Street’s res­i­dents, es­pe­cially Nor­ris and Mary.

GOOD­BYE ERICA

After three years as Erica Hol­royd on Corrie, CLAIRE KING has an­nounced that she’s quit the role and will de­part screens in Au­gust. It’s not yet known how Erica and the ac­tress, who wants to pur­sue other chal­lenges, will leave the Street.

SIX WALFORD NEW­COM­ERS

A fam­ily of five and a re­cently de­parted hunk have just been signed to be­come full-time cast mem­bers on EastEn­ders. Fol­low­ing a pop­u­lar one-month stint in Walford as Woody Wood­ward ear­lier this year, LEE

RYAN has now signed a one-year con­tract to re­turn to the se­ries where “he’ll un­doubt­edly cause a stir”, ac­cord­ing to set talk.

Mean­while, the Tay­lor fam­ily is to de­scend on the square. LOR­RAINE

STAN­LEY, who ap­peared on EE last year as Rat and Fer­ret pub owner Thelma Bragg, will play “the noisy, brash and chain-smok­ing” ma­tri­arch Karen Tay­lor, while former Benidorm star DANNY WAL­TERS is to play her pro­tec­tive son Keanu.

TV new­comer CLAIR NOR­RIS will play Keanu’s fame-seek­ing sis­ter Ber­nadette while real-life sib­lings

TOM and ALFIE JA­COBS will

play Ri­ley and Chatham, who have “learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties”. The Tay­lors will be on screens in a few months.

DOU­BLE MUR­DER ON EMMERDALE

The mur­der of two peo­ple is ex­pected to take place later this year on UK episodes of Emmerdale fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion that John bowe (Lawrence) and Gil­lian

Kear­ney (Emma) have been axed from the soap.

For months it has been ru­moured that Lach­lan White will mur­der his grand­fa­ther Lawrence and Emma in a shoot­ing spree close to Christ­mas 2017 and Bowe has added weight to the story say­ing that the door hasn’t been left open for his re­turn.

UK SOAP STAR IN TER­ROR CHAOS

Emmerdale ac­tress is­abel hod­gins (Vic­to­ria) was caught up in the re­cent Manch­ester ter­ror at­tacks that killed and in­jured at­ten­dees at the Ariana Grande con­cert at Manch­ester Arena.

At­tend­ing the con­cert, Hod­gins said she was still in­side the area when the ex­plo­sion oc­curred. Speak­ing of her or­deal on Good

Morn­ing Bri­tain, Hod­gins said: “At first, i didn’t know if it was some­body with a gun. There was just one bang and that was it. There was an over­pow­er­ing smell of burn­ing and down the cor­ri­dor there was a lot of white smoke.” Mean­while, Corona­tion

Street, which is filmed and set in Manch­ester, paid trib­ute to the vic­tims dur­ing the episode that aired in the UK on May 24.

Dur­ing the show’s clos­ing cred­its, an im­age of floral trib­utes was shown on screen with the words “We Stand To­gether”.

HOLLYOAKS HUNK INFUSION

A trio of very hot men is com­ing to Hollyoaks. Dur­ing the show’s up­com­ing episodes set and filmed in ibiza, Adam Wood­ward and Ja­cob Roberts will de­but as se­ri­ously sexy best mates Brody Hud­son and

Da­mon Kin­sella who will go on to move to the vil­lage and be­come pre­rma­nent char­ac­ters. Mean­while, Gary lucy who played the pop­u­lar Luke Mor­gan from 1999 to 2002 is re­turn­ing to the show as a reg­u­lar with a 12-month con­tract. All three will be seen on screens later this year.

BABY BREAK

Hollyoaks star Jen­nifer Met­calfe (Mercedes), who is heav­ily preg­nant with her first child, has an­nounced that she’s tak­ing 12 months of ma­ter­nity leave to fo­cus on her new ad­di­tion, mean­ing that Mercedes will leave the vil­lage for a year. No de­tails on when the exit will take place are known.

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